Table 2

Activities that account for 90% of energy expenditure in the United States, not including sleeping1.

Rank

Activity Description

MET

Percent of Total Score (%)

Cumulative Percentage (%)

Number of people


1

Driving car

2.3

10.9

10.9

6574

2

Job: Office work, typing

1.5

9.2

20.1

2094

3

Watching TV/movie, home or theater

1.0

8.6

28.8

5919

4

Taking care of child/baby, (feeding, bathing, dressing)

3.0

8.4

37.2

6545

5

Activities performed while sitting quietly

1.3

5.8

42.9

4086

6

Eating (sitting)

1.5

5.3

48.2

6843

7

Cleaning house, general

3.0

3.9

52.2

1489

8

Talking/ Visiting, in person or on phone

1.5

3.8

56.0

2858

9

Job: Industrial plant/factory (e.g. assembly line)

3.0

3.8

59.7

333

10

Food preparation (e.g. cooking, baking, setting table)

2.0

2.9

62.7

3996

11

Job: Construction site

5.5

2.8

65.4

119

12

Job: Light intensity, stand/walking (e.g. hospital staff, real estate)

3.0

2.7

68.1

291

13

Yard work-general (e.g. mowing lawn, trimming hedges)

4.3

2.6

70.7

559

14

Attending event (social) involving talking while sitting

1.6

2.2

73.0

1499

15

Shopping for non-foods (e.g. clothing)

2.3

2.1

75.0

1408

16

Job: Light standing (e.g. store clerk, bartender, hair stylist, lab work)

2.0

1.8

76.8

289

17

Job: Farm hand (chores: baling hay, cleaning barn)

8.0

1.5

78.4

57

18

Job: Restaurant staff (e.g. waiter, chef)

3.0

1.5

79.9

129

19

Job: Teaching class

1.8

1.1

81.0

195

20

Laundry

2.2

1.1

82.0

863

21

Walking, moderately, (e.g. doing errands, walking to school)

2.8

1.0

83.1

716

22

Fishing and Hunting

3.3

0.9

84.0

103

23

Cleaning kitchen (sweeping)

3.3

0.9

84.9

689

24

Shopping for food, putting groceries away

2.4

0.9

85.7

1125

25

Swimming

7.0

0.8

86.6

96

26

Job: Mechanic

3.0

0.7

87.3

56

27

Gardening: Weeding, landscaping, picking vegetables

3.7

0.6

87.9

198

28

Remodeling, repairing house, workshop, concrete work

3.6

0.6

88.5

123

29

Exercise, aerobics

6.5

0.6

89.1

248

30

Job: Driving (e.g. truck driver, bus, ambulance, tractor)

2.7

0.6

89.7

88

31

Dancing/ Heavy Partying (all styles of dancing)

4.0

0.6

90.2

122


1National Human Activity Pattern Survey (NHAPS).

Dong et al. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2004 1:4   doi:10.1186/1479-5868-1-4

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